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With today’s liberal use of chemicals, it’s no wonder that many homeowners have decided to go ‘natural’ in solving their mosquito problems.
Queue in your quest for mosquito control without pesticides. It may sound difficult, but there are many very doable ways out there that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. So to help you with that, we’ve gathered 8 of the best natural ways to kill or repel mosquitoes.
Essential oils are known to repel mosquitoes as well as other pesky bugs.
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Clean your surroundings
Mosquitoes have one major ally, and that’s a dirty environment. They thrive in junkyards and abandoned lots where there are plenty of things that can catch rainwater and make tiny pools for their water-born larvae to live in.
So the first natural method that can eradicate these bugs is to clean your surroundings and to prevent them from ever becoming adults. You can start by getting rid of all the things that can catch rainwater in your yard. Throw away empty flower pots, old buckets, toys and tires. Unclog the gutters and canals near your house, and straighten crumpled tarps and other covers. You should also fix faucets and your air conditioning unit to avoid leaks, and remove any plant that holds water.
If you don’t mind the smell, you can use garlic to repel mosquitoes. Garlic is a sulfur-containing spice that has a powerful essence that repels insects.
According to Sava Tree, garlic contains an enzyme that turns into allicin when it’s chopped or crushed. This organosulfur compound is responsible for its signature aroma. And you can use it to mosquito-proof your house.
All you have to do is combine fresh garlic puree with water in a sprayer, and use it anywhere in your yard. This spray lasts for 3 to 4 weeks, just as long as the rain doesn’t wash it away.
Fortunately, its smell doesn’t stay for more than 24 hours. After a day, you’ll barely notice it. However, since mosquitoes are more sensitive to odors, they’ll still be able to pick it up for weeks.
Electric fans aren’t just for hot summer days. They can also help you when mosquitoes are around.
Ceiling fans can potentially keep mosquitoes away.
Basically, big fans shoo the mosquitoes away with the wind they create. But they also scatter what helps the mosquitoes find you, and that’s the carbon dioxide that you breathe out and the other chemical signals that you give off through your skin. So if you’ve ever been to a mosquito-filled porch and wondered why the bites are few, it might be because of a fan.
Raise mosquito-eating animals
If you’re looking for another idea to control mosquitoes without using pesticides, we think one of the best solutions would be to enlist mother nature for help.
Fish, dragonflies and damsel flies are natural mosquito hunters. They’re so good at what they do that some homeowners have even decided to raise them in the hopes of controlling the mosquito population in their yards.
Fish are exceptionally good larvae eaters. So when you keep your yard free from other stagnant pools, the mosquitoes will concentrate breeding on the pond where you keep your fish. This gives the fish plenty of larvae to devour, and the mosquitoes a dwindling population.
For dragonflies and damselflies, what’s great about them is that they eat both larvae and adult mosquitoes. However, they do need a big pond with a lot of water plants to have around.
Do remember though that you can’t keep both animals in one place. That’s because fish eat dragonfly nymphs, so they can’t coexist in your small yard.
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Make citronella candles
Citronella oil is a proven mosquito deterrent. That’s why a lot of pest products use it as their main ingredient.
But now, many homeowners prefer to lace their homemade candles with citronella to make use of the oil’s properties and repel mosquitoes in a much larger area. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health has even verified this by showing that citronella-based candles and citronella incense can reduce mosquito bites significantly.
Use mosquito dunks
Dunks control mosquitoes by killing their larvae. This donut-shaped product is a natural insecticide that’s been used by many satisfied homeowners through the years.
It works by releasing a bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis into the water. This microorganism kills the larvae that its eat it. The process is usually slow, but it does last for 30 days, depending on the quality of the product you’re using.
Dunks are great for drains and small pools that you can’t afford to get rid of. Just be careful when you’re dealing with animals though. Undissolved dunks are known to be harmful to dogs, cats and maybe even birds.
For more details on mosquito dunks, check out our post here.
Collect herbal oils
Finally, nothing says “all-natural” than herbal oils.
Citronella isn’t the only plant that has mosquito-repelling abilities. In fact, there are quite a handful of essential oils collected from other pest deterring plants that you can use to treat your yard and your house.
Here’s a list from Mother Earth Living that you might want to go through. For great results, mix two or more of these oils, and experiment on how they affect the mosquitoes in your home.
- lemon balm
The quest for mosquito control without pesticides is not easy. But if you’re dedicated to keep your home chemical-free, you’re willing to put in the time, money and effort to get rid of disease-carrying mosquitoes using the most natural ways possible.
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